The Mainsail Set Quilt Kit

I love the ocean with its salty air, hearing the water slapping against the rocks and seagulls squawking.  Mainsail Set is reminiscent of all things sailing that takes me back to those lovely memories of visiting lighthouses and rides on sailboats.  There’s nothing better than seeing the crisp whites, bold blues and true reds to solicit experiences at sea.

Smooth Sailing is a group of beautiful fabrics depicting images of seafaring paraphernalia.  Sailboats, anchors, nautical stripes and water waves cover luscious fabric in colors of sea breeze blue, silver gray and cherry.


When considering the design of Mainsail Set, so many thoughts and feelings ran through me; some comforting, some invigorating and some thoughts were just plain silly like old Popeye cartoons.  My grandparents lived on the Pacific coastline so my family made regular visits. I can close my eyes right now and smell the fresh air, hear the tug boats blowing their horns and feel the rhythm of the ocean moving with the tide.

The quilt design is a collection of images from those days past with anchors, life savers, light houses and stars.  The boats are a given!  I first designed the quilt with five different boats but discovered as I was writing it that there were just too many pieces and I was loosing track of them!  I thought that if I’m having trouble writing the pattern people might have difficulty building it so I picked my favorite boat and you got five of them!

I hope you enjoy piecing Mainsail Set as much as I did designing it. By the way, Mainsail Set is featured in the June/July issue of Quilt Magazine on sale today, for all you nautical loving quilters and will include detailed construction information. And, you can order the kit from Connecting Threads to make the exact quilt being shown in the magazine.


  1. RANCHMOM - April 10, 2012

    I Love it Mari, Having grown up on the puget sound, I miss the salt air and sailing in the bay. this is a quilt I would like to make for me.

  2. Barb - April 10, 2012

    Wonderful quilt! Love the nautical look.

  3. Mari - April 11, 2012

    Awe, thank you so much!

  4. Gayle L. - April 12, 2012

    Mari I love it and it would be the perfect quilt for a little boy whose Dad loves the boats. It is great! Gayle

  5. Fareastsails - October 16, 2012

    Information on designing of main sail is great, thanks for sharing.

  6. Phyllis Lewis - October 26, 2012

    I loved making this quilt and a friend wants me to me a full size quilt for her. Unable to find the magazine. My wallhanging turned out beautifully. Thanks

  7. Alina Polta - March 31, 2013

    Is there somewhere I can purchase this quilt pattern? I know this was awhile back but I love this pattern and would like to make for my future nephew’s room…
    Thanks for any help you could give!
    Alina Polta

  8. Linda - May 18, 2013

    Where can I get the Mainsail Set pattern and/or kit? I just live this so much?

  9. Gloria Bowie - December 12, 2013

    Where do I find the mainsail quilt kit or pattern.? Can I purchase the April 10, 2012 Quilt Magazine from your archives ? Thank you for any information you can provide.
    Gloria Bowie

  10. Donna Newton - June 22, 2014

    greetings…i am looking for a nautical quilt pattern for my great-nephew, and as neat as they all are, i keep coming back to your pattern. is there anyway to get this pattern? thanks for your time.
    best regards, donna newton

    • Mari - June 23, 2014

      Thank you for asking; I appreciate your interest! Let me check Donna.

      • Donna Newton - June 24, 2014

        thank you so much!!

        • Donna Newton - July 9, 2014

          mari…any results yet on a means to get this design? was it published in a quilting magazine? if so, i could check out that as a possibility! thanks again for your help!!
          best regards, donna

        • Donna Newton - July 9, 2014

          mari…any results yet on a means to get this design? was it published in a quilting magazine? if so, i could check out that as a possibility! thanks again for your help!!
          best regards, donna ps..saw the magazine and checked with them…they no longer have it!

          • Mari - July 9, 2014

            Donna! Thank you so much for asking again! Yes, that pattern is coming out again. We have a new patriotic collection coming and this pattern was suggested to be used in that collection! That will be in April 2015. I sure hope that’s not too far away.

  11. Donna Newton - July 10, 2014

    Mari…i’m really excited about the pattern coming out again; have you on my “favorites”!!! i’m really interested to see the collection in April…if it’s anything like Mainsail, it will be great! i have to tell you that i found a back-copy of Quilt Magazine on Amazon!!! so i bought it! anyway, i can use it for the Mainsail pattern for my grand-nephew and anticipate the arrival of your patriotic collection!!!
    Best regards, Donna

    • Mari - July 14, 2014

      Donna, that’s great! Super! I’m so happy you were able to get a hold of that magazine! Congrats!
      Yes, I hope you like the new rendition of that pattern. I think it is really cute.